Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Cantus Redivivus: An Interview With Maestro Domenico Bertolucci
Birreta tip to Subdeacon Thomas Rice
Read the interview with the Maestro here: http://www.chiesa.espressonline.it/dettaglio.jsp?id=72901&eng=y
Q: According to Ratzinger, there is music as a mass phenomenon, pop music, which is measured by the values of the market. And then there is the educated, cerebral music that is destined for a small èlite...
A: This is the music of the moderns, from Schönberg on, but sacred music must follow the spirit of Gregorian chant and respect the liturgy. The cantor in the church is not there as an artist, but as a preacher, or as one who preaches by singing.
Q: Do you envy the Eastern Churches at all?
A: They have not changed anything, and rightly so. The Catholic Church has renounced itself and its particular makeup, like those women who have plastic surgery: they become unrecognizable, and sometimes there are serious consequences.